No Changes Planned to Qualifying

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NASCAR does not plan any immediate changes to the new qualifying format. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR does not plan any immediate changes to the new qualifying format despite some concerns from drivers.

After Friday’s Las Vegas Motor Speedway session several drivers called for the sanctioning body to modify the format in light of a second week with slower cars trying to cool engines presenting an on track obstacle.

But NASCAR will let the system play out further before making any decisions to change.

"We're going to sit for a while, field all the questions and see what happens," Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development said Saturday morning at LVMS. "It's a very small snapshot of qualifying so far.

"Other than the cars running around on the bottom and you had one or two complain that it was a close call … again, we're listening to them, but we want to take a better snapshot of it."

Teams could address the cooling issue if they simply elected not to run tape on front grilles. However, those that chose to continue that practice would run the risk of overheating but gain a huge advantage for speed.

Until any changes come drivers say they are forced to ride around the bottom of the track in an effort to cool engines, which in some minds poses a danger.

“Riding around the bottom, we've got to do it, it's the only way to keep the engine cool, but that has got to be the most dangerous thing I've ever done in racing," said Brian Vickers. "(Reed Sorenson) went by me at 170 mph faster than I was going. Had he slipped or hit me, I'd be done. It would be so bad."

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